London, July 23 (IANS) Having badly lost the first two Tests against England, the Australian team suffered another setback Tuesday after fast bowler James Pattinson was ruled out from the rest of the Ashes with a stress fracture in his lower back.
Cricket Australia (CA) team doctor Peter Brukner said that Pattinson reported some hip and back soreness on the final day of the second Ashes Test.
"We had some scans done today in London that have identified an early stage low back stress fracture. Unfortunately he will not take any further part in this Test series and will commence a rehabilitation program with the aim to have him back for the Australian summer," said Brukner.
CA team performance General Manager Pat Howard said: "While we are obviously disappointed for James, the selectors have five bowlers fit and ready perform in England, providing them with many options.
"It is also important to note that several players have been performing for Australia A and are available to be called up at any stage if the NSP (National Selection Panel) required them. We've been well planned to have as many bowlers fit and available in the lead-up to this important series and while this set-back for James is disappointing, we are confident we have good fast bowling depth."
Pattinson will stay on with the squad, travelling to Sussex and then on to Manchester before returning to Australia.